EMBELLISH A BAG

Yarn bomb a plain tote bag with a stun­ning man­dala cen­tre­piece and plenty of pom­poms. By Sharna Moore.

Simply Crochet - - CONTENTS -

YOU WILL NEED

■ Lily Sugar ’n Cream (100% cot­ton, 71g/109m) 1 ball of each:

Hot Green (1712)

Hot Pur­ple (1317)

Ecru (0004)

Rose Pink (0046) Blue­berry (1725)

Daz­zle Blue (1131)

■ A 4.5mm (US 7) hook

■ A plain tote bag 40x38cm (15 x15in) (avail­able at Hob­by­craft, www.hob­by­craft.co.uk)

For yarn stock­ists con­tact Read­i­cut 01162 713 759 www.read­i­cut.co.uk

TEN­SION

The first 3 rounds of the Man­dala mea­sure 7.5cm (3in) in di­am­e­ter

MEA­SURE­MENTS

Man­dala mea­sures 26cm (10 in) in di­am­e­ter

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS

Spiked dc Insert hook into st spec­i­fied, yrh and pull up a loop to the height of the cur­rent round, yrh, pull through the two loops on the hook

For a full list, see page 92 We love a good up­cy­cling project and your plain canvas totes will be ut­terly un­recog­nis­able after this trans­for­ma­tion. Sim­ply add two of our favourite things – man­dalas and pom­poms!

MAN­DALA APPLIQUÉ

Us­ing Hot Pur­ple, ch4, ss to make a loop.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr through­out), tr, ch2, (2tr, ch2) 5 times. Fas­ten off.

[12 tr and 6 ch-2 sps]

Round 2 Join Ecru in any ch-2 sp, ch3, (tr, ch1, 2tr) in same ch-sp, *ch1, (2tr, ch1, 2tr) into ch-2 sps; re­peat from * 4 more times, ch1, ss to beg ch3 to join. Fas­ten off.

[24 tr, 12 ch-1 sps]

Round 3 Join Hot Green into beg ch3 from pre­vi­ous round, ch1, dc in base of ch1, dc in next st, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next 2 sts, *skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next 2 sts, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next 2 sts; re­peat from * 4 more times, ss to beg ch-1 to join. [30 dc]

Fas­ten off.

Round 4 Join Rose Pink into any ch-1 sp from Round 2, ch3, 2tr into same ch-1 sp, *ch1, 3tr in next ch-1 sp; re­peat from * 10 more times, ch1, ss to beg ch3 to join. [36 tr, 12 ch-1 sps]

Fas­ten off.

Round 5 Join Daz­zle Blue in any ch-1 sp, ch5 (counts as tr, ch2), tr into same sp, ch1, *(tr, ch2, tr) in next ch-1 sp, ch1; re­peat from * 10 more times, ss to third ch of beg ch5 to join. [24 tr, 12 ch-2 sps, 12 ch-1 sps]

Fas­ten off.

Round 6 Join Blue­berry into any ch-2 sp, ch3, (tr, ch1, 2tr) into same sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, *(2tr, ch1, 2tr) into next ch-2 sp, dc into next ch-1 sp; re­peat from * 10 times more, ss to beg ch3 to join. Fas­ten off.

[48 tr, 12 dc, 12 ch-1 sp]

Round 7 Join Hot Pur­ple into any dc, ch3 (tr, ch1, 2tr) in same st as ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp, *(2tr, ch1, 2tr) in next dc, dc into next ch-1 sp; re­peat from * 10 more times, ss to beg ch3 to join. Fas­ten off.

[48 tr, 12 dc, 12 ch-1 sps]

Round 8 Join Ecru in any ch-1 sp, ch4 (counts as tr, ch1), tr in same sp, *(tr, ch1, tr) in next dc, (tr, ch1, tr) into next ch-1 sp; re­peat from * 10 more times, (tr, ch1, tr) in last dc, ss to third ch of beg ch4 to join. [ 48 tr, 24 ch-1 sps]

Fas­ten off.

Round 9 Join Rose Pink in any ch-1 sp, ch8 (counts as tr, ch5), tr in same sp, *(tr, ch1, tr) in next ch-1 sp, (tr, ch5, tr) into next ch-1 space; re­peat from * around, ss into third ch of beg ch8 to join. Give your pom­poms a pro fin­ish – sub­merge in cold wa­ter, then trim and comb once dry. Not just for glam­ming up a tote, hook up this sim­ple man­dala for ta­ble mats and tees. [48 tr, 12 ch-5 sps, 12 ch-1 sps]

Round 10 Ch3, 7tr in ch-5 sp, *3tr into next ch-1 sp, 8tr in next ch5 space; re­peat from * around end­ing on 3tr in last ch-1 sp, ss to beg ch3 to join. Fas­ten off. [132 tr]

Round 11 Join Hot Green into any st, ch1, dc in bl of each st around. Fas­ten off. Round 12 Join Hot Pur­ple be­tween the fourth and fifth tr of any 8tr group from Round 10, bring the loop up to the height of cur­rent round, ch1, dc in next 11 sts, *spiked dc be­tween the fourth and fifth sts of the next 8tr group from Round 10, dc into next 11 stitches; re­peat from * around, ss to first st to join. Fas­ten off.

[132 dc, 12 spiked dc]

Round 13 Join Ecru into any stitch, ch1, dc in the bl of each stitch around. Fas­ten off. [144 sts]

POM­POMS

Make 4 Pom­poms in each colour. To make your Pom­poms nice and dense you can sub­merge them in cold wa­ter and leave to dry. Once dry, trim them to shape.

TO FIN­ISH

Weave in all ends, then pin the Man­dala onto the front of your tote bag. Once you’re happy with the po­si­tion, sew it into place. Sew the Pom­poms along the edge of the tote bag, us­ing the im­age as a guide.

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